Posts Tagged ‘classes’

Farm to School Summer Camp Sneak Peek

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

The Farm to School Summer Camp is quickly approaching! The camp will inspire the next generation of healthy eaterIMG_7368(1)s and environmental ambassadors through an exciting and engaging exploration of our local food system. Campers will learn about soil, seeds, and nutrition through fun, hands-on activities that include planting seeds, harvesting crops, cooking, crafting and learning about our island farms. (more…)

Agricultural Business Planning Courses Scheduled for Early ’12

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is offering workshops January – March of 2012 for those in varying stages of agricultural business.

Explorers – For those who are thinking about getting into farming or expanding a hobby to an income-generating scale, “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” delivers experienced Instructor guidance and timely peer group feedback for making informed decisions about whether and how to proceed in farming. Five sessions over 6 weeks on weekday evenings in Amherst and Marlborough. Cost per enterprise: $125.

Planners – for those a step or two beyond Explorer who have access to land and a stronger sense of what they want and are capable of doing, “Planning for Start-up” provides a gut check before making more significant investments of time and money. Requires completion of Explorer, or prior self-guided completion of the Explorer workbook. Applicants must have already reached the decision to farm on a revenue generating scale. Six session over 8 weeks on Saturday mornings in Amherst and possibly also in Marlborogh based on regions demand. Cost per enterprise: $175.

Established Farmers – For those already operating and agricultural enterprise with at leaset two years of production and sales records, and who need to develop a comprehensive business plan on paper, “Tilling the Soil of Opportunity” offers a chance to assess, regroup, assemble documentions for decision making, consider redirection, plan expansion, or approach ownership transer. This course draws on extensive peer experience, instructor knowledge and guest speakers with the addition of substantial indivuidual technical assistance at course condclusion. 10 sessions over 11 weeks on weekday eveninings in Amherst and Marlborough. Cost per enterprise: $225.

Explorer and Tilling the Soil courses are limited to 12 farms/potential agricultural businesses, with an option to bring a key partner at no extra cost. Planner is limited to 10. Full attendance is require to get expected results. Fees are kept low through MDAR support.

Please request additional details and an application for the course that fits you best. Courses will fill quickly in the Fall. Email requests to Rick.Chandler@state.ma.us, or CLICK HERE

Become a Member of the SN Youth Council!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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Sustainable Nantucket launches premier issue of new annual publication ~ Nantucket Grown™

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

***View & download Nantucket Grown™: click here.***

We are delighted to announce that we have just released the premier issue of Nantucket Grown™, a new annual publication designed to expand our Nantucket Grown™ branding and outreach campaign encouraging island visitors and residents to source their produce and products locally.

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Specialty Crops on Nantucket – Grow & Preserve Your Own!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

WHAT IS A SPECIALTY CROP?

  • Most fruits and vegetables
  • Tree nuts
  • Dried fruits
  • Horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture)

The USDA describes specialty crops as plants that are intensively cultivated and require a higher degree of management. Specialty crops include almost anything you would grow in your own home garden! Planting and cultivating specialty crops is a great way to maintain biodiversity and a healthy local ecosystem.

SPECIALTY CROP CARE

  • Know Your Soil!
  • Nantucket’s soil is quite sandy—which is actually great for root vegetables, like the potato and the carrot!
  • Add nutrient rich topsoil and ensure your beds are draining properly.
  • Due to Nantucket’s long spring, the growth of seedlings is best if done in a greenhouse or cold frame.

WHAT GROWS BEST ON NANTUCKET?

Specialty Crops Native to Nantucket

  • Beach Plum
  • Black Cherry
  • Highbush Blueberry

Non-Natives that grow well on the Island

  • Strawberry
  • Melons
  • Pumpkin
  • Quince
  • Carrot
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Green Beans
  • Beets
  • Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Chamomile
  • Oregano

WHERE CAN I BUY SPECIALTY CROPS ON NANTUCKET?

For a list of island farms: CLICK HERE to Find Our Farms!

PRESERVE THE BOUNTY

Canning and pickling is the perfect way to preserve your garden’s harvest! From jams and jellies to salsa, relishes, and pickles, the options are endless. And what you make…can keep for years!

Learn more about preserving and find specialty crops at Sustainable Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market!

  • See a canning demonstration
  • Pick up a recipe brochure and free samples of pectin
  • Enter the raffle to win your own Home Canning Kit from Ball ®

Saturday Market: June 11- October 15, located on North Union and Cambridge Streets, 9AM-1PM. (July 2 location: E. Chestnut St.)

New! Mid-Island Market: Tuesdays, July 12 – August 31, located at 113 Pleasant Street (next to Glidden’s Seafood). 3:30PM-6:30PM.

Attend our Preserving Workshop!

Preserving the Bounty: Fruits of Nantucket
Taught by Mary Wawro
Location: at her home kitchen
Date: July 31st
Time: 10AM to 1PM.
Cost: $45. Materials: $15.

Register by clicking here or by calling the office.

You can download a printable brochure that contains all of this information here: Brochure (PDF)

This Awareness Campaign is Funded in part with Generous Grants and Contributions by:

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

The Discover you Can Canning Education Program from Jarden Home Brands, Makers of Ball Brand Fresh Preserving Products.

2011 Community Agriculture Program Workshops

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Throughout the year, Sustainable Nantucket, as a part of our Community Agriculture Program, will be hosting Workshops on a variety of topics relating to sustainable gardening methods, food production, and preserving local foods. Below is a complete list of workshops; click the links to read the full descriptions and to register for these workshops. (more…)

2011 Workshops – Preserving the Bounty: Fruits of the Island

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Learn to make jams, relishes & quick pickles from Nantucket’s and Massachusetts’s local bounty. Bring your own wild picked fruits if you like, and we’ll show you how to preserve them! (not required)

Taught by Mary Wawro

August 6th from 10AM – 1PM at the instructor’s home
Class fee: $45.00
Materials fee: $15.00

To register, contact Sustainable Nantucket at 508-228-3399 or Morgan@sustainablenantucket.org

2011 Workshops – Four Season Gardening: Cultivating Specialty Crops

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Learn the methods, techniques and strategies behind 4 season gardening and which specialty crops grow best at what times. This is a two day workshop where you’ll learn all the steps of gardening from soil to plant. On day two, be prepared to get dirty!! You will build a raised bed, cold frame, spread compost, plant seeds, and much more!

Taught by Dane DeCarlo of Hummock Pond Farm
August 20th from 10am -12pm at the UMass Field Station, Polpis Rd
August 21st from 9am-1pm at the Farm to School Garden off First Way
Class fee: $80.00
Materials fee: $15.00

To register, contact Sustainable Nantucket at 508-228-3399 or morgan@sustainablenantucket.org

2011 Workshop: Grow Seeds, Plant and Cultivate the NES Garden

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Come learn how to really play with your food! From sprouting seeds to harvesting crops, students will participate in all steps necessary for growing their own fresh fruits and vegetables. Classes will be held in the elementary school garden and will provide ample opportunities for fun hands-on learning.

Days: Thursdays, April 14 – June 9th
Time: 2:30 – 3:30pm
Ages: Grades 2 -5
Materials Fee: $10.00 per student
Teacher: Kelly Bull
Location: NES garden in front of school.
Price: $95

To register or for more information, contact Nantucket Community School at 508-228-7257

2011 Workshops – Micro-Biology in the Soil – Composting Level 2

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Photo by normanack via Flickr

The focus of organic gardening today is about improving the soil. Soil is made up of many living creatures–or microbiology—each having specific functions. Learn about these organisms: why they are important and how they improve the soil and plants with their presence. This is a more in-depth look at the soil, students will have a longer Q & A session with guest lecturer, Sarah Oktay, as well as a microscope viewing of live photos of compost microbiology.

Class Fee: $55.00
Teacher: Katie Hemingway
Location: UMass Field Station
Dates: April 23, 2011
Times: 10am-12pm

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For a full list of workshops and our refund policy, click here.